Suzanne “Renee” Padgett, died September 4, 2018 in Renton WA following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Renee was born in Hollywood, CA and graduated from Boise Capital High School. She then served the Citizens of the State of Washington as a State Trooper for over 27 years.
Renee’s career with the Washington State Patrol began March 11, 1991 as a Trooper Cadet assigned to the Gig Harbor Detachment. She attended the 73rd Trooper Basic Training Class and was commissioned on December 20, 1991. Trooper Padgett was assigned to Field Operations Bureau in Bellevue, Washington and in 2003 became the Wrecking Yard Trooper for King County for the remainder of her career.
Trooper Renee Padgett was honored with the Chief’s Award for Professional Excellence for her dedication during the investigation and prosecution of illegal wrecking yards from 1999-2005. She also received a Commendation for her outstanding efforts in Traffic Safety. Trooper Padgett was a member the Detachment of the Year Award in 1996-1997 and received the Outstanding Public Service Award.
In April of 2006, Trooper Padgett was recognized for her highly visible Homeward Bound POPS project which helped find missing children in Washington State. She also received the Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem Orientating Policing and was honored as the 2008 Commercial Vehicle Trooper of the Year.
In 2009, Trooper Padgett received a Commendation Award for her Exemplary ‘Curbstoning’ POPS project to remove unsafe rebuilt vehicles from the road. Trooper Padgett was also awarded the Washington State Patrol’s ‘POPS Project of the Year’ in 2014 for initiating Operation SAFE Student. This project partnered with local agencies to crackdown on motorists who violated the School Bus Paddle law.
Trooper Suzanne Renee Padgett is survived by her wife, Marcella Egan of Renton, Washington; her children, Gedeon Rene Padgett Lagasse (16) and Olivia Rochelle Padgett Lagasse (12); her sisters, Nicole A. Cook of Kennewick, Washington and Jaclyn L. Padgett of Boise, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Curtis Padgett.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints Stake Center 15205 SE 28th Street, Bellevue WA 98007. Reception to follow.
As an expression of sympathy, Memorial contributions may be made to Fred Hutch Cancer Research for Multiple Myeloma in Renee’s honor. PO BOX 19024, J5-200 Seattle, WA 98109-1024.